Tech firm cuts working week as a reward to employees

first_img Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 11, 2020 Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Tech firm cuts working week as a reward to employees Previous articleNew Midlands North West MEP takes up seat for first timeNext articleHighland’s Birthday Celebration with Daniel O’Donnell Postponed News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A Letterkenny based tech company is moving to a four day week as a reward to its employees.3D Issue designs and sells software which allows people read magazines on digital platforms, with a new product launching shortly aimed at improving the software on mobile devices.CEP Paul McNulty says employees were given the option of either a shorter working week or a 20% pay rise……………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3dissue.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Healthy Homes

first_imgAs messages about COVID-19 come in from all angles, consumers need clear, direct information on how to keep themselves and their families safe from potential infection. To assist in providing this information, and to address concerns, University of Georgia scientists Laurel L. Dunn and Govind Dev  Kumar, assistant professors in the department of food science and technology at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have answered some common questions individuals may have.Is COVID-19 likely to be transferred from food, including fresh produce, or water?As of now, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transferred by food. Food manufacturers and produce growers, especially for commodities for which skin-to-produce contact occurs during harvest, should continue to follow the same practices they already use to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens as they will also be effective against COVID-19. This includes sending sick workers home, frequent hand washing and glove use, and wearing clean clothing and appropriate personal protective equipment to work.Which sanitizers can be used against COVID-19?Several sanitizers are effective against the virus. If a product’s label says it is effective against coronaviruses or noroviruses (which are generally more difficult viruses to inactivate), it should be effective against COVID-19. See the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved disinfectants to be used against COVID-19 at epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-expands-covid-19-disinfectant-list. Always follow the EPA label for instructions concerning contact time, concentration and appropriate surfaces for use.Bleach (sodium hypochlorite, Clorox), 70% isopropyl alcohol, povidone iodine and Lysol are all active against coronavirus on nonporous surfaces.Bleach may be mixed at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon of water to sanitize food contact surfaces (contact time of at least one minute), and 3/4 cup to 1 gallon of water to disinfect floors and other surfaces (contact time of 10 minutes). Keep in mind this product will stain some materials.Studies with povidone iodine (4% and 7.5%) in a skin cleanser and surgical scrub inactivated similar members of the coronavirus family (SARS-coV and MERS-coV) within 15 seconds. An optimal exposure time of two minutes was suggested.Literature reviews of studies using similar but less infectious coronaviruses such as the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS coV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) have indicated that the use of 70% ethanol was effective against the viruses after a fairly short duration of exposure, up to four minutes.Washing clothing and bedding with detergent in hot water (approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit) is the most effective way to inactivate the virus on these surfaces as sanitizers are not effective on fabrics. Use gloves and extreme caution when handling clothing or bedding used by COVID-positive or suspected positive individuals.Products that are not EPA labeled may not be effective against viruses and may be hazardous to humans and animals. Many individuals are resorting to homemade sanitizers, including products containing essential oils. Essential oils are skin, mucous membrane and eye irritants, and many are toxic to pets. Extreme caution should be used when applying these, either directly on surfaces or via aerosolization, around people or animals as serious reactions do occur.How do I properly sanitize against COVID-19?Sanitizing is a multistep process. First, surfaces with visible soil should be wiped clean, either with a clean, damp cloth, paper towel or wipe. Soap may be applied for surfaces with significant soil, then wiped or rinsed off. Once a surface dries, a sanitizer may be applied and should be allowed to air dry. Sanitizers require five to 10 minutes of contact time to inactivate microorganisms, so immediately wiping the surface will not allow sufficient time for viruses to be destroyed. Wipes, including Clorox Wipes, are useful for cleaning, but as the surface treated does not remain wet for more than few seconds, are not likely very useful as sanitizers. If spraying surfaces with sanitizer, be considerate and warn other individuals in the shared space as to why surfaces may be wet.Can I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?Hand sanitizer is not effective on its own against bacteria and viruses on the skin. When applied to unwashed hands, the sanitizer is absorbed by dirt and dead skin cells and is unable to contact microorganisms on the skin surface. Washing hands for 20 seconds under soap and water is the most effective way to remove bacteria and viruses from hands. If desired, hand sanitizer may be applied after hands are dried to further reduce pathogens on hands. Hand sanitizer may also be used frequently between regular handwashing activities, or when there is no access to adequate handwashing facilities.Am I likely to get COVID-19 from packages that are shipped to my home?A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that the virus does not appear to remain longer than 24 hours on cardboard, but can survive up to three days on stainless steel or plastic. However, large quantities of the virus were used in these studies, and the quantity of the pathogen present on surfaces did diminish over time. For this reason, it appears that the likelihood of virus transmission from packages is low. However, as transmission of the virus from contaminated objects has been documented, individuals may consider sanitizing all items that are delivered or brought into the home and wash hands after handling boxes or shipments they receive.What is the best way to protect myself from COVID-19?Avoiding people and areas accessible to the general public is the best way to reduce the likelihood of infection. Transmission occurs predominantly via aerosolization, such as when a sick individual coughs and spreads droplets into the air or onto surfaces that will be touched by other individuals. At this point in time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that immunocompromised or elderly individuals — and probably also people who care for these individuals — should reconsider activities that put them in close contact with groups of people, including air travel, dining out, sporting events and most social gatherings. All people should take precautions to limit close contact with each other, including handshakes and hugs, and should consider reducing the amount of time they spend outside the home. All activities that include large groups of people gathering should be reconsidered as this disease appears to be transmissible before an individual begins to show signs of illness. Frequent hand washing is critical before and after spending time in public, and frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer should never replace handwashing, but may be used to increase the effectiveness of handwashing.This situation will continue to change rapidly, so continue to follow CDC, FDA and Georgia Department of Public Health updates.As cases are continuing to increase, individuals with medical concerns or in high-risk demographics should consider having sufficient supplies on hand to last several weeks, should consider identifying an individual who can assist with shopping/errand running in the coming weeks and should begin reducing the amount of time spent outside the home.Individuals not in high-risk demographics should be aware that they can transmit the disease even when they are still feeling healthy, and should take special precautions to protect the health of susceptible individuals, including limiting face-to-face contact, increasing social distancing and increasing handwashing.Sick individuals and individuals who suspect they have been exposed should stay home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. This virus has a long incubation period and again, illness may be spread before an individual begins to experience symptoms.last_img read more

Credit unions and moneyball for government

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Keith LeggettJim Nussle, the CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), last summer teamed up with Peter Orszag to write Moneyball for Government.According to the Moneyball Principles, government at all levels should help improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by:Building evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;Investing limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; andDirecting funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.last_img read more

For the second time in a row, a special edition of the red Michelin guide has been published, entirely dedicated to Istria

first_imgBeram (frescoes) ***Euphrasian Basilica ***Motovun-Montona **Grožnjan_Grisignana **Porec-Parenzo **Lim Bay **Rovinj-Rovigno **Brijuni **Sights of Pula (Arena, Forum, Arc de Triomphe) **Sacral collection cr. Sv. Blaza, Vodnjan **Old town of Labin **Plomin **Pula – Pola *Vodnjan – Dignano *Bale -Valle *Labin *Svetvincenat *Sv. Lovreč *Draguć *Aleja Glagoljaša *Hum *Vrsar – Orsera *Novigrad – CittanovaOprtalj – Portole Umag – Umago Under the title “Unforgettable tastes, smells and memories” Michelin describes Istria as a unique country in the Mediterranean and, for the heart-shaped peninsula, immersed in the crystal blue of the Adriatic Sea, points out that it is a hidden natural garden that slowly reveals its secret beauties. He gives special emphasis to Istrian truffles, extra virgin olive oil and wine, and then the places are arranged in alphabetical order and accordingly presented restaurants in such a way that each has a space with a description and the most important information.Monte *, Rovinj-RovignoAlla Beccaccia, ValbandonBatelina, BanjoleBody, Lovrečica-Umag / Umago – newBuščina, St. Mary on the Karst, Umag-Umago – newDamir & Ornella, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Čok, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Morgan, Bracanija, Buje-Buiemarina, Novigrad-CittanovaMeneghetti, Bale-VallePergola, Zambratija-ZambrattiaSan Rocco, Brtonigla-VerteneglioSv. Nikola, Poreč-ParenzoWine Vault, Rovinj-RovignoZigante, Livade-Levade What’s up Olive oil road Michelin emphasizes the Flos Olei guide and the fact that Istria has been declared the world’s best region of extra virgin olive oil, and singles out the following producers:Agrolaguna, PorečAl Torcio, NovigradBasiaco, BujeWhites, VodnjanBuršić, BrtoniglaChiavalon, VodnjanGrubic, BaleIpsha, MeadowsMate, SavudrijaMedea-Agroprodukt, PulaMeneghetti, BaleNegri , LabinOlea BB, RabacTonin, VodnjanZigante, BujeZubin, UmagGreen guide Michelin Istria Croatia – special edition Za zeleni dio vodiča Michelin je odabrao najvažnije lokacije Istre koje su, uz tri lokacije bez znaka, klasificirane s tri, dvije i jednom zvjezdicom. Tako su se među odabranim mjestima koje gosti ne smiju nikako propustiti prilikom posjeta Istri našle izvanredne freske crkve Sv. Marije na Škriljinah u Bermu te Eufrazijeva bazilika s osvojenim najvećim brojem bodova (3*), a klasificirane kao najveća  preporuka. Slijede: Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Limski zaljev, Rovinj, Brijuni, znamenitosti Pule, sakralna zbirka crvke Sv. Blaža u Vodnjanu, starogradska jezgra Labina te Plomin s dvije zvjezdice, tj. klasificirani kao preporučena mjesta za posjet. Potom Pula, Vodnjan, Bale, Labin, Svetvinčenat, Sveti Lovreč, Draguć, Aleja Glagoljaša, Hum i Vrsar s jednom zvjezdicom, odnosno opisana kao interesantna mjesta, a na kraju popisa se nalaze još Novigrad, Oprtalj i Umag.center_img For the second time in a row, the famous publishing house Michelin from Paris has published a special edition of the red guide, which it has once again dedicated entirely to Istria.It is a publication that Michelin publishes for important gourmet destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Trentino Alto Adige, etc., which are included in national editions, but due to their specificity, importance of territory and gourmet offer, they are especially presented in such editions.Considering that according to the criteria of Michelin Istria is defined as a small destination with a limited number of recommended addresses (the whole of Croatia has a total of three restaurants with a MICHELIN star and 55 restaurants with a recommendation) in the new Istrian edition, the region has once again confirmed one star. by adding two more new facilities to the list of recommendations – Buščina and Badi, both from Umag. ” This year’s important novelty is that the guide, in addition to the tourist part of Green Michelin, also presents the 16 best Istrian wineries and an equal number of oil mills.This edition is very important for Istria, and its effects are especially important for the next perspective of Istria. Namely, we are already working on the 2019 edition. According to the first and initial negotiations, we will have the opportunity to include a larger number of recommended addresses or those with asterisks, but it depends on our caterers and their performance and, clearly, how they will be evaluated by inspectors. said the director of the Istria County Tourist Board, Denis Ivošević.With this, Istria again managed to make a step forward and strengthen cooperation with Michelin, which is an additional quality promotion tool that puts a special focus on the entire destination. Istria has been present in almost all relevant European gastronomic guides for many years, and the red Michelin guide is certainly a great recognition for Istrian gastronomy. “What is crucial is the fact that our space is open, that we have the opportunity for our caterers to show themselves and prove that Istria can and must do much better. We should all appreciate the space that is opening up to us, because it is enough to remember that Istria has been trying for almost ten years to reach the position of thinking about us at all, to get a chance to show ourselves. Today, we have that position, I hope we will be wise and know how to use this great chance that is offered to us, because there is no remedial exam, ” Ivošević concludes.The story of Michelin, at least as far as Istria is concerned, has lasted for almost ten years, and before that date, Istria worked for almost a decade in an organized, dedicated and extremely high quality gourmet scene with the basic goal of gaining the dignity and reputation that undoubtedly belonged to it. , but this needed to be confirmed in real life and in the market. Thus, in the company of about two thousand elite restaurants around the world, the so-called. golden selection, in 2018, with one Michelin star for the second time in a row, the only Monte restaurant in Rovinj entered.Guide Michelin – Istria Croatia It is available in English-German, and is printed in 15 copies, which are distributed free of charge and, in addition to the listed restaurants, will be located in the most frequent key places in Istria.Red guide Michelin Istra Croatia – special edition Za Wine roads of Istria Michelin states that the sixteen selected wineries represent the best reflection of wine tourism on the peninsula. Agrolaguna, PorečArman Franc, VižinadaArman Marijan, VižinadaWelcome, MotovunCattunar, BrtoniglaClai, KrasicaCoronica, UmagListen, UmagDegrassi, SavudrijaKabola, BujeKozlovic, MomjanMatosevic, Sv. LovrečMeneghetti, BaleRoxanich, MotovunTrapan, ŠišanVeralda, Brtongilalast_img read more

The world went mad in 2003, but property remained calm

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American sprinter Coleman charged under anti-doping rules

first_imgAMERICAN sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged under anti-doping rules with missing three drugs tests, says the US Anti-Doping Agency.USADA has confirmed the 23-year-old has been charged with failing to “properly file his whereabouts information”.Coleman, who ran a world-leading time of 9.81 seconds in the Diamond League in California in June, has agreed to an arbitration hearing on 4 September.USADA says a decision will be made the following day.The World Athletics Championships begin in Doha on 28 September.On Thursday, BBC Sport was told an investigation had begun over concerns of three missed tests.Under the ‘whereabouts’ system, athletes must let officials know where they will be for one hour every day as well as details of overnight accommodation and training.Failure to do so three times in a 12-month period could lead to a rule violation under the World Anti-Doping code.If found guilty, Coleman would face an automatic one-year ban and would miss the World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Two of the three tests were directed by Usada, while a third was initiated by the Athletics Integrity Unit.USADA says it is “working closely with the AIU on this matter”.In a statement to former sprinter Ato Bolden for the NBC network on Saturday, Coleman said: “I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drugs tests, at any time.“What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true.“I am confident the upcoming hearing on 4 September will clear the matter and I will compete at the World Championships in Doha this fall.”Former Great Britain 400m Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu received a year’s ban in 2006 under the ‘whereabouts’ system for three missed tests.Coleman won the US National Championships last month in 9.99 seconds.He finished second at the 2017 World Championships in London behind fellow American Justin Gatlin and has a personal best of 9.79, making him the seventh fastest man in history.Coleman also set a world record for the 60m when he claimed gold at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham last year and was talked about as a new superstar sprinter in the post-Usain Bolt era.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Scandal rocks FIFA Player of the Year awards as coaches cry foul

first_imgCoaches from Bolivia, Albania, Equatorial Guinea, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kuwait and Vanuatu have alleged that the 2013 Ballon d’Or votes were rigged, according to Catalan outlet La Xarxa and and Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. Via Danish paper BT and Norway’s Dagbladet (h/t 101 Great Goals), the aforementioned coaches all suggest their original votes were recorded and published differently from what they had initially submitted. Jorvan Vieira, who coaches the Kuwait national team, reportedly told La Xarxa (via BT), “I think there has been any fraud here. I voted for (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.” That despite FIFA’s official record of the submissions showing that he voted for Lionel Messi as the winner, followed by Neymar and the eventual winner, Cristiano Ronaldo.  The same applies to the coach of the Fijian national team, Juan Carlos Buzzetti. FIFA recorded his vote with Ronaldo in first position ahead of Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski. He also insists his votes have been amended, claiming, “I voted for Cristiano, Messi and Ribery. I have in no way voted Lewandowski. He is not on par with the other three.” But the harshest, most colourful of all the criticism came from Albania’s coach, Gianni De Biasi. He didn’t hold back in a statement (NSFW), telling Mundo Deportivo what he thought of the scenario after his first-place vote for Ronaldo apparently changed to one for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  “I gave five points to Ronaldo, three to Messi and one to Ibrahimovic. I did not give five to Ibrahimovic,” De Biasi said. “This is bullshit and lies.” These allegations are the second within a week which refer to the Ballon d’Or votes being doctored, as Qatar national coach Fahad Al Zarraa previously claimed his president forced him to vote for Ronaldo, as per sportsfan.com.  The showpiece event saw Ronaldo pick up the gong for the second time in his career, staving off competition from Messi and Ribery, who accompanied him on the three-man shortlist. Whilst it would be difficult to deny that Ronaldo deserved the award, these emerging allegations will cast doubts over the validity of the vote, especially after FIFA extended the voting deadline until after Ronaldo’s one-man show in the World Cup playoffs, according to Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail. The extension only served to raise suspicions that FIFA were pushing for a Ronaldo win after Sepp Blatter’s unsavoury remarks about the Portuguese winger.  The FIFA president claimed back in November that Ronaldo has “more expenses at the hairdresser” than his great rival Messi, per The Guardian. Ronaldo scored a sensational 66 goals in 56 games in 2013, per BBC Sport. He’s started 2014 in excellent fashion too, scoring four times in Real Madrid’s first five games of 2014, per WhoScored.last_img read more

Lion Country Safari drive-thru safari reopens Thursday

first_imgThe Lion Country Safari announced the reopening of its drive-thru safari.The zoo was forced to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement for the reopening was made on Wednesday.The zoo’s drive-thru will reopen on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the last car admitted at 4:30 p.m.Zoo officials said tickets must be pre-purchased and are only valid for the drive-thru on the selected date.The walk-thru park will remained closed.last_img

Tammie Rutledge joins Genworth Life Insurance Company

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Tammie Rutledge, FLMITammie L. Rutledge has been appointed as an independent long term care insurance agent in Washington, producer with Genworth Life Insurance Company. Tammie Rutledge specializes in long term care planning information and guidance. She has been in this business for many years and looks forward to working with clients and prospects in the State of Washington.She is known for her expertise and straightforward approach to helping people understand potential solutions for their long term care needs. She helps people assess their long term care requirements and build long term care insurance plans to help protect their financial futures.Genworth Life Insurance Company helped pioneer the development of long term care insurance and is a leader in terms of individual long term care insurance policies in force. Genworth’s comprehensive long term care insurance products help people protect their retirement savings and preserve their financial independence.Genworth Life Insurance Company, Administrative Office: Richmond, VAlast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Polly

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Polly! She is an adorable, four-year-old girl who looks like a fashion model, especially when wearing her cute outfits. Polly likes riding in the car, cuddling, and going for leash walks which are happy activities that she is more than willing to share with friends. Polly weighs in at 12 pounds which, in her opinion, makes her just right for sitting in your lap! She knows basic commands, and with proper introduction, gets along well with children, dogs, and cats. Polly is a wonderful companion!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Polly in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more